Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Big-time expenses

July has been an expensive month. First, after a 6-month odyssey with DS's portable lift, we gave up. The company didn't know what was wrong and just kept sending parts, none of which fixed the lift and all of which we were expected to pay for since insurance refuses. We finally said enough and sent them back their parts and told them to forget it. I've never much liked that company anyway. But we still had to have a lift to transfer DS so we bit the bullet and bought a ceiling lift. No way was insurance going to touch that, so I wrote a check for $5,200 and tried not to cry while handing it over. The good news is that we LOVE the lift! It is so easy to use and so much safer for DS. We're going to call it a necessary and worthwhile purchase.

Meanwhile, our roof was replaced as a result of a ferocious spring hail storm. It also took out the gutters and exposed some rotting fascia. Our part of the bill came to $2,700. I wrote that check yesterday. I am very thankful that we were able to pay for the lift and the roof in cash, although our savings is now scary low. We are going to have to focus on building it back up quickly.

I am also dreading the coming power bill. It is so hot here that it's hard to breathe outside. The A/C has been in overdrive (I sure am thankful for it!) and I know we're going to be paying for it.

In better news, we found out this weekend that DD is expecting a little girl - it's been 28 years since we've had one of those around here!



  1. Emergency funds/savings are a good thing. Happy to hear the lift is so good and the roof is fixed. Congratulations on the new baby girl!

  2. Congratulations, being a grandma is the best. As for the lift it is what it is. I have had to pay many bills out of pocket for B's breast surgery and I hope I will be reimbursed, but if not, I still have my daughter.

  3. Of course the lift is a necessity, no need to feel bad at that purchase. When I taught special ed we went through different lifts too and found the ceiling mounted one worked the best. You've made a great decision! You're going to be a gramma!! How fabulous is that!!

  4. Greetings from Ireland.

    Congrats on your baby granddaughter news!